Facebook Challenges LinkedIn With New Job Openings Feature

New feature in testing allows business page admins to post job openings and accept applications.

While helping you keep in touch with friends from your past, Facebook might also help you find a job in the future.

The online social network confirmed Monday it is testing a feature that will allow administrators of business pages to promote job openings on their pages and receive applications from job candidates. TechCrunch, which first spotted the new feature, noted that the feature could help Facebook “muscle in” on LinkedIn, which derives much of its revenue from companies paying to search for new recruits.

“Based on behavior we’ve seen on Facebook, where many small businesses post about their job openings on their Page, we’re running a test for Page admins to create job postings and receive applications from candidates,” a Facebook spokesman said in a statement.

Facebook is no stranger to new endeavors in sectors already dominated by one company. In October 2015, the social network challenged Craigslist with the launch of Marketplace, a new section of its mobile app that lets people list their furniture, cars and clothes for sale to any Facebook users in their area. Last week, Facebook launched Gameroom, a PC gaming platform that takes aim at Steam.

By: Steven Musil

Posted on: https://www.cnet.com/au/news/facebook-challenges-linkedin-with-new-job-openings-feature


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Here’s the dummies’ guide to the NBN

A FEW lucky Aussies already have National Broadband at their fingertips. The rest of us are waiting. Waiting for downloads, waiting to stream ABC iView, waiting for our Skype connections to stop being so jerky.

This election the question to ask when you’re voting is this: Will we get “fibre” all the way to our home?

Fibre is optical fibre — a little strand of glass that shoots bursts of light. Experts believe it is the best because lots of data can go along it at the speed of light. You can’t get much faster than that.

The big question is where that fibre stops. Does it come all the way to your house, which means a lot of expensive installations? Or stop at a node in a green box on your street and then use copper cables for the last bit?

First, the bad news: It turns out whether Labor or Coalition win government this election most of us will never get fibre all the way to our home. Under both Labor and Coalition plans, most people will be stuck on fibre to the node, or satellite, or pay TV cables instead of fibre to the premises.

But some lucky people will get fibre. The big political difference here is Labor promising fibre to the premises for 39 per cent of Australian homes, nearly double the 20 per cent the Coalition is offering. It amounts to 2 million people.

Are you going to be in that 19 per cent extra? Are you in the lucky segment? We don’t know.


Labor is coy about who exactly will get the superior service. Logically though, it would be areas where rolling out fibre is cheap, that is, high density parts of Australia.

If you live on an acre block surrounded by forest, I wouldn’t hold your breath … unless of course you’re on the west coast of Tasmania. Labor has promised western Tasmania will get fibre to the premises. It is the location of the marginal seat of Braddon — held narrowly by the Liberals.

The rest of us are on a wait-and-see policy. Given the Labor NBN is not due to be fully rolled out until 2022, the exact location of the full 19 per cent could still be unknown at the 2019 election. And maybe the election after as well.

And of course, there’s an asterisk on the extra 19 per cent. Labor is promising it so long as the price doesn’t go over $57 billion.

(As an aside, when the NBN was first mentioned by Kevin Rudd, it had a $15 billion price tag. That went up to $43 billion, it’s now at $57 billion and if the price stops rising now I’d be flabbergasted. Labor loves to talk about the NBN as “Malcolm Turnbull’s Mess” and it’s true he stuffed around with the original plan. But many complex infrastructure projects have cost blowouts and it might have been their own mess if they hadn’t lost the last election.)

Not all the $57 billion cost goes to taxpayers. Public spending is capped at about $30 billion. So the taxpayer is not on the hook for the whole amount and the private sector will pay the rest.


Labor’s plan is a bit pricier and a bit slower to roll out, but probably better for some people. The Liberal plan is a bit cheaper and a bit faster, but it relies more on fibre to the node, where the fast optical fibre goes to a green box on your street. Is that good?

Here’s a quote from the director of the NBN Co about fibre to the node (FTTN): “FTTN sucks … if I could wave a wand, it’s the bit I’d erase.”

But it’s too late for magic. Contracts for fibre to the node have been signed and both parties will actually deliver a lot of NBN that way.

Labor may not like fibre to the node but it will still honour the contracts. It says it will then plan to move people off fibre to the node and onto fibre to the premises, but that’s a very long way off. Both parties will also be using the old pay TV cables to bring some people NBN.

That is the approach a senior Labor figure once called “Operation Clusterf**k.” Will it be a clusterf**k? Most people are confident the old Telstra pay TV cables will be fine. But some pay TV cables are Optus, and they may not be. That was the topic of the leaks that led the NBN to raid houses in Melbourne a little while back.

It’s become very messy and very political. But the key point is that both parties are offering fibre to the premises to a minority of Australians and a mixed solution to the rest of us. In the short term, Labor is different for 19 per cent of people, who will get fibre to the premises instead of some other solution.

By Jason Murphy
Posted on: http://www.news.com.au/technology/heres-the-dummies-guide-to-the-nbn/news-story/f9ec050412b5d8f66762581


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Australia follows global trend on path to mobile Internet access

Use of the Internet via mobile devices is becoming a “compelling preference” for many Australians, according to Internet Australia, which has welcomed a global report finding that mobile has fundamentally transformed Internet access and use around the world.

Internet Australia CEO Laurie Patton said today that the trend to mobile is evident here in Australia although perhaps to a “lesser extent than in some developing countries.”

“Just as there is a whole generation of Australians who see no need for a landline telephone the portability of the Internet via mobile is also becoming a compelling preference for many.

Patton was respondng to the global Internet Society’s release of its 2015 Global Internet Reportfinding that mobile has fundamentally transformed Internet access and use, and holds the key to fulfilling the promise of Internet connectivity for the next billion people.

And, last week Internet Australia called for a Digital Future Forum to be supported by the federal government as Australia contemplates the future in the era of greater connectivity.

“The idea is to get a range of representative organisations together with the Government and the Opposition and create a bipartisan strategic plan,” Patton said.

“The outcome would be a broad set of policy settings that are long term and agreed between all the parties. To achieve our potential as a digitally enabled economy we need a road map and consensus among all parties on the direction we should take.”

The Global Internet Report highlights include:

•    94% of the global population is covered by a mobile network, 48% are covered by mobile broadband, and 28% have subscribed to mobile Internet services

•    The gap between availability and adoption of mobile Internet is due to affordability and lack of relevant content. Policymakers should focus on filling this gap by making the services more affordable by removing taxes on equipment, devices, and services, and eliminating regulatory barriers for operators. Local hosting of content can also help lower costs by avoiding the use of relatively expensive international capacity to access content.

•    As demand increases, governments will need to ensure an adequate allocation of spectrum for mobile Internet use

•    More than 80% of online time on mobile is spent on apps, as opposed to a browser. Even adding in desktop browsing, users spend more than 50% of overall online time using mobile apps

•    Smart devices provide many useful services and features, such as location awareness and cameras; however these offerings raise increased privacy issues

•    Usage of the mobile Internet depends on wireless interfaces and access to apps, which can lead to heightened security concerns

•    An increasing reliance on mobile apps, combined with those apps being native to a particular proprietary mobile platform, raises the cost of creating apps for each platform, the cost for users switching between platforms, and thereby limits platform competition

•    The web app environment enables developers to create websites with advanced features that can be installed on a mobile device with an icon similar to existing apps. Developers can create one web app for all platforms – consumers can easily move between platforms the way they switch browsers today – and new platforms can enter and compete on more of an even ground.

By Peter Dinham

Published on: http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/mobility/68579-australia-follows-global-trend-to-on-path-to-mobile-internet-access

Gmail now lets users retrieve career-ending rants

Google has added an “undo send” option to Gmail from a browser, letting users retrieve messages they wish they’d never sent.

Google yesterday added an “undo send” option to Gmail from a browser, letting users retract messages they wish they’d never sent.

The feature must be enabled by the user from Gmail’s Settings screen, where the grace period can be set up to the maximum of 30 seconds.

Undo send was previously limited to Google Labs, the invite-only program where the Mountain View, Calif. company tests new features and prototypes before they’re released to the general public. Late last month, Google added undo send to its Inbox by Gmail apps for Android and iOS.

When switched on, undo send does just that: Lets Gmail users recall a message. The only requirement is that the action must be taken within the grace period.

To turn on undo send in the Web-based Gmail, users should click on the gear icon at the upper right, select “Settings,” then click on the General tab. The feature is listed about a third of the way down the page.

By Gregg Keizer, Computerworld US
Published in: http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/578168/gmail-now-lets-users-retrieve-career-ending-rants/